Haad Puk Tian

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What we say: 3 stars

The coastline is straight, flat and not particularly interesting but fine for a quick dip if you are staying in Phetchaburi town, plus there are a multitude of places to eat in the area. As with Chao Samran the beach is a bit grotty and lined by a retaining wall, but people do swim here.

Aside from eating stacks of cheap and tasty seafood under the casuarina trees there's not much to do -- you could always marvel at the statues of Thai mythological characters that are arranged down on the beach. Protagonists in the Thai epic 'Phra Aphaimani', the gruesome six-metre tall Pee Seua Samut (an aquatic she-demon) emerging from the sea is particular worthy of comment. Others include a flute-playing prince poised on a nearby pile of offshore rocks, a motley collection of mermaids, wizened old men and other characters from the same tale.

The seafood is good here and it has a more rustic feel than Chao Samran, but don't mistake this for cheapness -- you'll be looking at 250 baht and up for a plate of fresh seafood. Ann Seafood, towards the centre of the strip, is good and very friendly.

Last updated: 15th September, 2013

About the author:
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton and he spends most of his time in Bali, Indonesia.
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